Questions to Ask If You Think You Need a New AC

Monday, June 29th, 2020

an-old-air-conditionerI know that a heat wave is the last time when you want to worry about having new air conditioning in Maryville, TN. But when it’s hot here, it’s hot, and having an air conditioning installation isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity!

If you’re right now in the spot where you think it may be time for a new air conditioner, I encourage you to put some serious thought into it, and as soon as possible. Our team is here to help, but as much as I would love to develop canine mind-reading powers, none of us here will know you need our help until you ask for it! I’ve put a list below of some important questions to ask yourself when it looks like you may need an air conditioning replacement. If you have any uncertainties you can’t answer yourself, please call us. We can offer the professional analysis and opinions that will start you off on a solution.

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Olive’s Top Tips for Find a New Air Conditioning System

Monday, October 7th, 2019

onyx-unitAre you already worrying about your Christmas shopping in October? There’s not much I can tell you that will help ease those worries—I know exactly how much a crunch these final three months of the year can be! However, I can help with an important bit of shopping you can take care of in October that can be a great gift to your family in the near future: a new air conditioning system.

“Wait … air conditioning? Olive, the cold weather is just coming up?”

Oh, I know! Everyone here at Russell & Abbott anticipates another busy winter season helping our customers keep warm. But right now, during the fall stretch of warm-to-cool weather, is the ideal lull time to upgrade parts of your HVAC system. If you think you need a new air conditioner, getting the work done now is convenient and lets you give extra time to think about your options.

And I have some expert tips about this! Because that’s my job:

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Take Your AC Back to School—Find Out If You Need a New One

Monday, September 9th, 2019

service-checkmarkI’ve gone to dog schools before, and although they usually don’t hand out report cards for canine training, I’m familiar with grading systems. And those grades and report cards are on my mind right now because it’s September and folks are heading back to school. So I came up with this idea … why not take your air conditioning system back to school?

No, I don’t mean to pack the AC into your car and drive it to Maryville High School. You can’t pick up a central AC anyway! What I mean is to give your air conditioning system a report card about its performance during the summer. If your air conditioner did poorly, it either needs repair work, or else it needs to retire. Figuring this out now, as the weather cools down in fall, provides you with a convenient period to arrange to have the AC fixed or replaced.

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Watch Out for These AC Scams From Non-Professionals!

Monday, August 26th, 2019

moneyI always want to bring good news to people, because I’m one of those friendly dogs who loves to make folks happy. I’d love nothing better than to tell you all about the specials we offer and the way our team can help you enjoy better cooling in your house.

But I also have to bring bad news at times, because it helps my readers avoid bad news in the future. And the bad news I’ve got today is that not all people who work on air conditioners are as honest or as skilled as the Russell & Abbott team. In fact, there are plenty of non-pros out there who are running scams that aim to part people from their money and leave them with a bad air conditioning system.

I’ve put together a list of some of the scams you might run into. Remember, when you need real professionals who’ll give you honest work done right, just whistle and we’ll come running!

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I Keep Lowering the Temperature, But My AC Won’t Make the Home Cool Enough!

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

woman-in-front-of-fan-hand-on-headWhen I get too hot, I pant. It’s a simple trick we dogs have done for centuries, and it works pretty well—even with the fur coat. When people get hot, they turn on their air conditioning systems by adjusting the thermostat to a lower temperature.

But what if that didn’t work? The air conditioner is running, but the cool air coming from the vents isn’t overcoming the heat the way it’s supposed to. You lower the thermostat more, but nothing helps. The house is still too hot and stuffy. What’s happening?

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Keeping Your AC from the Junkyard (“What Do You Do With an Old AC?”)

Monday, October 8th, 2018

dumped-ac-units-scrapyardFall, the time when the air is filled with the sounds of people tossing old air conditioners into the scrapheaps, creating a pleasing metal clang

Okay, I’m making that up. However, fall is a time of the year when many homeowners decide to make changes to their HVAC systems, and that often means having the AC replaced. Of course, we would rather you didn’t have to do that, and we’re making it easier than ever with our “Dirty Secret” campaign: we’re offering our 21-Point Energy and Repair Saver System Tune-Up for only $97 for a limited time. That’s a huge savings off the regular price—and you’ll receive the benefit of keeping your AC from ending up sent to the scrapyard too early.

But that brings up an interesting question, one I often hear: “Hey Olive, do you just throw that old air conditioner into the junkyard?” I’m not a “junkyard dog,” but I am an HVAC expert dog, so I can tell you … the short answer is, “no.” The long answer is interesting, if you’d care to hang with me…

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Repair the Old AC? Or Replace It? Olive Has Opinions!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

ac-unit-repair-with-technicianOf course, I always have opinions! But there is one ongoing Big Question of the HVAC world, “should I continue to repair [a piece of HVAC equipment] or have it replaced with a new unit?” When it comes to whether to repair or replace an air conditioning system, I have plenty of opinions. I don’t have an answer, at least not a specific answer for your situation. Every home is different: they have different layouts, different levels of insulation, different numbers of people in them, people with different comfort requirements, different levels of air conditioning use. Some have a dog. Some have more than one dog. Some have cats for reasons I can’t figure out… but I’m getting off track.

The point is, the best way to get a solid answer to the question, “Repair or replace my air conditioner?” is to call experts. We’ll take a look at your AC and see if we can repair it so it gives you a few more years of useful and energy-efficient service. If we think it’s more cost-effective to replace the system, we’ll arrange for that as well.

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The Biggest HVAC Myth—Myth #3: You Must Replace Your HVAC System Every 10 Years

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Hello everyone, I’m back this week to look at another of the AC and heating myths that is unfortunately common. This is partially because the Internet makes it easy to spread around false information and makes it sound like it’s coming from an authority. It’s also partially because some disreputable HVAC “professionals” (I wish I could put “professionals” in a million quote marks) use these myths as ways to make customers pay more while receiving less.

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Make Your Summer COOL with MK Russell & Abbott!

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Sometimes I get emails from people who are curious if I ever find it “dull” writing about air conditioning. I understand the air conditioning may not sound like the most exciting topic in the world to write about, but here’s the secret: I actually have fun doing it!

And it’s not just me: our entire team loves doing this job. You may have seen our recent ad featuring us “Cool Dudes” on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. (The reason I was on the handlebars was because we couldn’t get a canine-sized sidecar in time.) That was all about having fun and not taking ourselves too seriously—except when it comes to keeping you cool and comfortable.

Speaking of “serious”: we’re coming up on the hottest days of the year. My fur is starting to shed in a flurry, and that means the temperatures are rising… but we still haven’t hit the peak heat of the summer yet, not to mention the sticky, humid “dog days” of August. So if you’ve been debating about putting in a new air conditioning system to replace your old one, take it from me and my fur: right now is the best time to give our team a call and arrange for a new AC. Thanks to our favorable financing terms, you won’t have to sweat the money. You can have a new system for as little as $72 a month! You can even pre-qualify online at www.CleanAirComfort.com.

Don’t let yourself get taken for a ride when it comes to any air conditioning service you might need over the summer. Call on the #1 heating and air conditioning company in Blount County. We offer industry expertise and a sense of humor. Go to our website and click on the About Us tab to meet me and the other team members whose are dedicated to one mission: keeping you and your family comfortable.

Stay Cool,

Olive

MK Russell & Abbott serves Alcoa, TN and throughout Blount County.

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The Variable-Speed Compressor Air Conditioner: Why I Like It!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Ah, spring… when people’s thoughts turn to air conditioning. And as a professional HVAC dog, my thoughts turn to air conditioning as well. Even though we may still have some cold days left ahead of us, the warm months are just over that next hill, so now is the time to dedicate some serious thinking to how you can enjoy the best cooling.

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